CM Punk stood inside of the ring, looked WWE owner Vince McMahon in the eyes, called him inept and clueless and then did the unthinkable—he slapped his boss in the face.
He was just getting warmed up.
It was brilliance on the part of the WWE owner. It may have been even more brilliant on the part of Punk and his “associate” or manager, or whatever we are calling Paul Heyman these days.
Punk, who has been the WWE Champion for 324 days, just gets better and better. And now faced with the mandate from McMahon that he must choose between Ryback and John Cena as his opponent in Hell in a Cell, the WWE just defined which two directions it wants to go headed into the last two months of the year.
Santa Claus came to the WWE in the form of Mr. McMahon.
Make no mistake, this is not a column as to why Punk should turn over his strap to another WWE superstar in an effort to boost ratings or further advance his legacy. This is a column on why Punk’s shtick is so good and works so well.
Whether he is the “Best in the World” or “The Voice of the Voiceless” or even the “Wheel” that runs the WWE, we never can have too much CM Punk. And now we have a character that is more vocal, more deliberate in his actions, and more pissed because he is “disrespected” by the WWE roster and the fans that used to support him.
And now, add the owner of the company that employs him.
Yes, it is a little Steve Austin-esque. It is also a little bit of Randy Savage and a lot of any wrestling angle where the champion takes a turn that becomes so good when it happens, we as fans do not want to take our eyes off the little screen.
Vinnie Mac came out and imposed his own opinion in a “State of the WWE” address, and turned the evening’s exciting Raw into a barn burner. The mandate just added to Punk’s mystique. And, I might add, I hope I look that good when I am collecting social security. McMahon is still huge.
Punk needs to this run. He is one of the best of all time. He is one of the greatest heels we have seen in this generation of superstars. He is already a multiple WWE champion. And when he gets in the ring with Cena or Dolph Ziggler or even Randy Orton and Chris Jericho, there is magic and chemistry like few others. Punk is Steve Austin in some respects with better microphone skills, more game and far more tricks in his bag.
And the fans still eat up his brand of “respect” each and every week they turn on the television.
Until someone else can take away his “mojo,” Punk is the best at what he does. There is no denying it. The Miz, Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, even a Ryback, who will need more microphone development, are standing and waiting for him to miss a step. But until then, Punk is the best in the world, until proven otherwise.